Criminal and Serious Fraud

Richard Matthews QC is an experienced criminal barrister, particularly in Health and Safety / gross negligence manslaughter cases, having prosecuted and defended in many of the most high profile cases in this field.

Richard also has considerable experience of money laundering, corruption and perverting the course of justice cases.

Richard has particular experience in cases with European Convention of Human Rights aspects and advising in relation to European Directives incorporated into English law with criminal sanctions. Richard has advised various UK and foreign corporations and individuals in relation to criminal liability for contravention of European Safety Directives in the UK and transnational criminal liability.

“Many solicitors would have him in their dream team due to his ‘shrewd mind, tactical nous and strong background in criminal law'”(Chambers and Partners, 2010 Edition).

His Administrative Court experience includes review of HM Customs & Excise powers of seizure; ambit of offensive weapon provisions; and judicial review of decisions by regulatory bodies not to investigate and the associated compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights.

“Incredibly bright and thoughtful”, Richard “covers the whole spectrum of criminal work…Clients, peers and solicitors express delight with his work, describing him as ‘energetic, technically brilliant, and a real livewire’” (Chambers and Partners, 2009 Edition)

Richard has been retained as the “go-to lawyer” by major UK film and music companies to advise and act in trading standards, copyright protection and on behalf of recording artists charged with criminal offences. He represented Cheryl Cole (Tweedy) at Kingston Crown Court on charges related to an alleged assault.

“Richard Matthews has a growing fraud practice which covers VAT and tax frauds, fraudulent trading and bankruptcy-related frauds” (Chambers and Partners, 2010 Edition)